Along with the 2.6.1 release, I’ve been working on adding several new pieces of functionality to MBPlus and, now that 2.6.1 is out, I’d like to float a beta of the MBPlus updates to a few brave souls who would like to try it out.
Download this to your plugins directory. Then give it a whirl and report issues in here. Thanks.
There is a bunch of new stuff including:
220.127.116.11 – Initial beta
hi whats mb plus anyhow…?
Well done Ebr!
It that the build 18.104.22.168?
Hi ebr ,
Great job upgrading MB is been easy as hell or it could be that abobader and rest of the team showed me how to use mb very well so i have way less problems since i was very active in this fourms any way my new problm is simple Photo support wont work
I put my file like this :
photo name.jpg or photo name .png
Nothing show up ??
Can any one advise
Would it be possible to simply build a custom channel of a location. Then I can have absolute rigid control over what is being suggested, particularly on The Kids side of things as I’m getting some odd suggestions using ratings (e.g. Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein).
Never been a fan of MBPlus myself just simply because the base product is just so good. Anyway trying to sell a new interface to my family when they are comfortable with what they have is … difficult.
However, trying this because of the Photo functionality. Some comments:
I’ve updated the download to version 22.214.171.124.
It fixes a few issues and makes custom channel name criteria a whole lot more usable. You can now specify a wildcard character (*) at the beginning or end of the name to indicate you want starts with, ends with or contains. No wildcards and the name has to match exactly.
This was really necessary or a criteria like “ER” would match a whole bunch of things (if we always used ‘contains’).
I also made the main tiles slightly taller so that two lines of name will fit without overwriting the sub text of added, played or number of items.
ebr, continuing our conversation from the beta thread, I’ve not had a lot of time for testing over the past few days but I’m now running with the public release of MB 2.6.1 and MBPus v 126.96.36.199.
The good news is I’ve not lost the photo library once yet – I really would have expected to see it by now if it was going to happen. I’m touching wood with my fingers crossed…
Do you think my issue was possibly related to the “double refresh” issue you mention?
BTW – what does the manual refresh button on the MBPlus EHS do now? When I select it, there’s no obvious refresh – no spinner, no message box. Is the manual refresh more intelligent now, only refreshing what is necessary rather than everything? Or has it been disabled?
Many thanks for your efforts.
For each of my custom channels built from TV shows I’ve got a default image (of a TV with screwdriver)showing on my EHS. Whilst for each of the movie custom channels it’s showing a nice image picked up from one of the movies backdrop files. Is this the intended behaviour? Is it possible to have one of the episode images display instead?
Just installed version 13 and added my foto’s. Mind you, MBPlus is not registered (yet), so might be this is my problem. Anyway, the foto library seems to hang up MB. I can see a lot of harddrive activity, MB slows to a grinding halt and then MC tells me MB has stopped working and I will be returned to MC. The foto library is quite big (14,700 foto’s), but that shouldn’t be a problem right?
Hope I’m doing something wrong and you can give me some guidance.
Thx in advance.
I just put up .14 which includes improved photo slide show capabilities.
I’m no longer using the WMC playback. You can now:
And you will get nicer transitions between photos than it had before.
You still can’t play from the EHS tiles though. That is something I need to workout globally (for all tile types).
I think 14 broke parental controls; hidden content is not displayed after the PIN is entered. It worked for me in 13.
Hey ebr, you’ve probably already thought about this and it’s probably not high on the priorities but it would be cool if it was possible to add a “Rating” criteria to the parameters available for constructing custom channels. The way I was thinking of using it was just on a “Greatest Movies” type channel – so I could select that any movie with a rating greater or equal to 4 stars (8 out of 10) would be returned. It would also be great to be able to add a parameter to not return content that had ratings less than a certain level too! (a bit too complicated in the current setup). Just wanted to put it out there in case it hadn’t been considered,
I just put up another minor update (.15).
If you create a Windows playlist of audio named “SlideShow.wpl” and drop it into a folder in your photo lib, when you play the slideshow of that folder (or any sub-folder) it will play the audio playlist in the background.
Be sure you get absolute (or proper relative) paths in your .wpl file.
I’m having an issue with titles disappearing from their genre section and going to the unknown section. This happened once I switched to the new MBPlus and the new MB. Since they were in the right genre before, I can only assume something happened during the update. I have around 100 titles that were moved and metadata removed. I do not store my metadata locally—not yet at least. Any ideas?
Here’s what I’m running:
Neo 1.0.9. MB 2.6.1 MBPlus 188.8.131.52
Thanks in advance!
Two minor niggles with the custom channels built from TV series. Firstly, when you open them from the EHS the default selection is the configuration button in the top right hand corner of the page (this is actually the same for Movie channels too – just checked). Secondly, when you select one of the episodes from the channel and go into the detail screen for that episode it shows a backdrop related to the series that was first in the channel regardless of which show you pick e.g. I have 2 episodes of CSI and then two episodes of Fringe, I go into a Fringe episode and it shows a background from CSI. I have 184.108.40.206 installed,
Cool – just found a setting in Chocolate to “Show Config Button”. Have unselected it and all good now! Thanks for your help ebr
Good day Ebr,
With latest build (.15) I face problem:
1 – Custom channel are gone.
2 – Photo:
A – When I am on top folder with context menu “Slide Show from here” then after that mag come out like no images to show or display (I forgot the exact msg).
B – I enter to some folder, I see the photo’s there, then immediately all the photo gone.
Here the mbcore log
I did rebuild from the Media Browser Configurator as well did full refresh from MB Service before I open MB and test.
I run the rebuild again from Media Browser Configurator, and that solve the issue for (B), sound MB Service broke something for MBPlus.
For (A), slid show work only if you in that photo folder.
C (new one) If the folder have one image, it will not display anything when you enter that, hmm (I remember I report about that in the past) but forgot what the solution for it.
Well done as always Ebr for this great plugin.
Coming out of comments again, ebr.
As the photo tile disappearing issue only seems to affect me, I’ve deleted my MBTV.xml, reconfigured and let it rebuild. I’ve also remade my MBTVCustom_Styles.mcml.
And… I don’t lose my photo tile anymore!!! I really don’t understand this, but I’m a bear of very little brain… (EDIT – see further note below)
However… If I perform a manual rebuild from the MBPlus EHS, the rebuild goes fine. BUT an automatic rebuild is triggered on every subsequent entry of MB until I rebuild from the configurator.
I think I know WHAT is causing this, but I don’t WHY.
Here’s a bunch of MBTV.xml files for you to cast your eyes over – it should be pretty self-explanitory which one is which.
Now, if you look at the xml created after a Configurator rebuild, the last update time/date formats are in my localised system date/time format (UK).
But in the xml created after a manual (or automatic) EHS rebuild, the date/time format is US style format.
I’m pretty sure this is what triggers the automatic rebuilds, but the question is why are the last update times being saved in a non-system date/time format?
OK, thinking about this a bit more… Forgetting about why the date format is different in a rebuild carried out from within MBPlus, just knowing that it happens: the fact that I am now not losing the photo tile (and the associated issue of the date reset in the xml) could be simply the date itself. From yesterday (1st September), the date in both UK and US formats is “legal”, but different (1/9 (1st September), 9/1 (9th January in UK format)). But for the couple of weeks prior to that (well, for a date after August 12th), the “system” would interpret the date in US format as “illegal” (e.g. a US date of 8/30 does not exist in UK format – there is no 30th month). Could this be the cause of the problem? Or am I barking up the wrong tree…?
Any chance we could add our own entry points in the Media Center section? I’d like to put Netflix in there…maybe Internet TV also :)
ebr, just a quick note to let you know that the rebuild issue is resolved for me with v.18. There’s been no further unexpected refreshes, no rebuild errors. My nightly scheduled service refresh didn’t run the night I installed .18, but that must have been coincidence – subsequent scheduled refreshes have ran without fail.
Many, many thanks
The Beta seem to work great for me. I do have one question about the styling. Is it possible to alter a parameter in the MBTVcustom_Styles that removes the grey area beneath each tile.
Right now it looks like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d0qz82dip2qg6vc/Grey.jpg
And I want it to look like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vk0qlw9yo05l4aa/All%20Clean.jpg